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The Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy Combatants, established in 2004 by the Bush administration's Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz,[1] is a United States military body responsible for organising Combatant Status Review Tribunals (CSRT) for captives held in extrajudicial detention at the Guantanamo Bay detention camps in Cuba and annual Administrative Review Boards to review the threat level posed by deemed enemy combatants in order to make recommendations as to whether the USA needs to continue to hold them captive.[2][3][4][5][6]

Most of the Guantanamo captives have had two Administrative Review Board hearings convened to review their continued detention.

On June 22, 2007, an appeal on behalf of Guantanamo captive Fawzi al-Odah contained an affidavit from Stephen Abraham, a lawyer and United States Army reserve officer, which was highly critical of OARDEC's procedures.[7][8] According to the Washington Post Abraham felt compelled to come forward after hearing his former boss, Rear Admiral James M. McGarrah call the Tribunal process "fair".


  1. "U.S. military reviews 'enemy combatant' use". USA Today. 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2008-12-16. 
  2. Sridhar Krishnaswami (May 19, 2004). "Pentagon issues new norms for detenus". The Hindu. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  3. Jess Bravin (June 21, 2004). "U.S. to Unveil Review System For Guantanamo Detainees". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  4. Stuart Taylor Jr. (March 3, 2004). "'Enemy Combatants': Inching Toward Due Process". Atlantic magazine. Retrieved 2008-01-25. [dead link]
  5. Christopher P. Cavas (June 28, 2004). "Roles Expand for U.S. Navy Secretary". Defense News. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  6. "US to review Guantanamo prisoners". BBC. June 24, 2004. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  7. Carol D. Leonnig, Josh White (June 23, 2007). "An Ex-Member Calls Detainee Panels Unfair: Lawyer Tells of Flawed 'Combatant' Rulings". Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  8. "Gitmo Panelist Slams Hearing Process: Lt. Col. Stephen Abraham Is First Member Of Military Panel To Challenge Guantanamo Bay Hearings". CBS. June 23, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-23. 

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